PIRACY KILLS FOOTBALL

Audiovisual piracy is a criminal act and is an increasing sore in recent years, all over the world and in particular in Italy. Considering that the main form of piracy is digital, which takes place in various ways on the web, and by calculating only the usual internet users, the incidence of piracy among adults in our country exceeds 60%.
Lega Serie A have decided to combat the piracy in different ways: speeding up of IPTV blocking times by ISPs and Hosting; the launch of a campaign to raise awareness of the issue directly to fans and citizens; a request to the authorities to provide for stricter penalties to those who cause damage not only to our industry, but to the entire Italian economy.
Lega Serie A are also working together with the rights holders of various football competitions to combat beoutQ’s piracy, a pirate pay television broadcaster.
In matchweeks 1 & 2 of the 2019/2020 Serie A TIM banners will be displayed on the pitch in support of the anti-piracy campaign with the hashtag #stopiracy in all the stadiums.


Luigi De Siervo
Lega Serie A CEO

"Piracy is one of the biggest problem in Italian football and we are almost at the breaking point of the entertainment industry, including football. Piracy is implemented by people who don’t realize how serious what they are doing. In Italy, the estimated damage is over one billion euros a year, with 6,000 jobs being threatened. We are also working with FIFA, UEFA and the main leagues to combat the beoutQ piracy and all pirate IPTV. I’m optimistic that, with everyone's help, we will be able to reduce piracy by saving our football."


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PIRACY DATA IN ITALY AVERAGE TWO MONTHS POST-QUARANTINE

57 million acts of computer piracy;
14% incidence of piracy of live sports;
38% percentage of people over 15 who have engaged in at least one act of piracy;
4,7 milioni people reported illegally viewing live sports content;
37% Percentage of illicit IPTV users who believe it is an act of piracy;
11 million people IPTV users illegally accessed audiovisual content such as films, TV series, live sports and entertainment programmes at least once in the last 12 months;
FAPAV/Ipsos survey on audiovisual piracy in Italy published in July 2021

PIRACY DATA IN ITALY IN 2019

414 million The overall estimate of acts of piracy;
5,2 million people who claimed to have illegally watched live sports content;
1.07 billion euro the lost turnover from all Italian economic sectors due to piracy:
449 million the estimated damage on the Italian economy in terms of GDP;
199 million the estimated loss of tax revenue;
5.900 jobs at risk;
83% of adult pirates are aware that piracy is a crime;
47% of adult pirates believe it is improbable to be detected, much less sanctioned;
40 million acts of piracy among 10-14 year olds;
FAPAV/Ipsos survey on audiovisual piracy in Italy published in July 2020